AN iconic picture depicting the horror and suffering of young soldiers who bravely fought for king and country in World War One has been brought to life by a Denstone artist.
Johanna Domke-Guyot, of Alton Road, has recreated the heart-breaking image of soldiers with bandages wrapped around their faces and holding on to each other’s shoulders after experiencing the horrifying agony of being hit with mustard gas.
The sculptures, created out of cement, will on display for all to see at the War and Peace Revival, set to be held in Kent.
The mature artist told the Post and Times: “They were all young men in the picture and due to the gas they had blisters covering their faces, went blind and some died.
“It is such a poignant picture and instead of creating a sculpture glorifying war I want to create a realistic sight to show people how it really was on the front line.
“The War and Peace Revival has been going for several years and I wanted to change peoples perspectives as it was a terrible war and it was young men that were dying.
“I wanted to show people that there is a different side to it other than the re-enactments and people enjoying themselves.
“I use cement to create the human form as it is always grey. I think this makes it more poignant and allows people to interpret their own impression of it.”
Mrs Domke-Guyot, who formerly owned Denstone Contemporary Arts, contacted the War and Peace Revival owner Rex Cadman with the hope of getting her work on display and she thanked him for the constant support along the way.
The artist, who has a MA, first class BA and masters in fine art, added: “Rex and his partner Georgie have been absolutely fantastic. As an artist anything poignant in time I always like to do a piece about. I thought I couldn’t not do it.”
Mrs Domke-Guyot also now has permission to use ashes of loved loves in her art after people contacted her in a bid to create a unique memorial.
More information on the War and Peace Revival is available at www.thewarandpeacerevival.co.uk